We hope you can join us for...

The Still Pond & The Hurricane

A five-day retreat led by Fred
Sunday April 30 to Friday May 5, 2017
St. Benedict's Lodge, McKenzie Bridge, OR


art by Carla Crow

"Ripple in still water, when there is no pebble tossed, nor wind to blow."  
—Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead

Things that arise in our life can sometimes feel as enormous and tumultuous as a hurricane. We will explore how all this activity arises from and dissipates into the stillness of our True Being.

Each evening Annie O'Shea will lead us in a chant, inviting us to discover our inner sacred sound...

We'll also feature timely and timeless artwork by several Center artists as we immerse ourselves in the Feminine Energy that is swirling about the planet right now. It seems to be a fierce-protective, life-affirming energy that can help heal us and guide us toward selfless love and wisdom.

Note: For those who have not attended previous CSS retreats, this retreat satisfies the prerequisite for attending advanced CSS retreats. Veteran practitioners are also encouraged to take this opportunity to deepen their practice.


Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, except that priority is given to those attending the entire retreat. To hold a reservation, complete the online registration form, then mail in your registration payment coupon with your non-refundable $50 deposit.

Final deadline: April 12, 2017 is the deadline for retreat registration and also the date by which all retreat fees must be received in full so that we have sufficient time to plan the meals, purchase the appropriate amount of food, and reserve your room.

Total cost: To attend the entire retreat, the total cost, which includes meals and lodging, is $435

Early-bird discount: If registering for the entire retreat, the total cost is discounted by $25 to $410 provided registration and full payment is received by the early-bird registration date of March 22, 2017.

Daily rate: For retreatants who can attend only a portion of the retreat, registration is accepted on a space-available basis only. The daily rate for such part-time retreatants is $90/night, which includes meals and lodging.

Refund policy: The $50 deposit is non-refundable. Refunds of retreat fees, less the deposit, will be given if requested by seven days prior to the start of the retreat. Thereafter, no refunds will be automatically given, because after this date food will be ordered and CSS will start incurring expenses on your behalf. If you withdraw from the retreat and are too late to receive an automatic refund, a refund of a portion of retreat fees may be given at the sole discretion of the CSS Board, provided a written request for refund is received within two months of the end of the retreat. Donations to the retreat scholarship fund are not part of retreat fees and can not be refunded.

Please note: Retreat fees are kept as low as possible while covering retreat expenses, and the teachings are given as a labor of love.  To help support practitioners for whom these retreat fees are a financial burden, please consider making a donation to the CSS Retreat Scholarship Fund. It would be greatly appreciated.

A retreat information page includes details of the retreat location, retreat center rules, typical retreat schedule and menu, what to bring, and retreat guidelines. For more information, contact the retreat coordinator, Laura Betty, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Note: CSS practitioner retreats are by invitation only and are not open to the public. If you are interested in attending a CSS retreat, you can learn about joining CSS and becoming one of our member practitioners.

To register for this retreat,

  1. Open the retreat registration form at the link below.
  2. Read the instructions and complete the form. Once you submit the form, an acknowledgement email will be sent to you.
  3. Print out a paper copy of the acknowledgement email.
  4. Write a check, payable to CSS, for the amount you are paying now ($50 non-refundable deposit required).
  5. Mail the check to CSS together with the printed email to CSS.

Your registration will not be complete, and your space at this retreat will not be reserved, until we receive your payment together with a printed copy of the email acknowledgement.

To register now, click here to open the registration form.

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